Sunday, January 06, 2008

More about the china..

I've had several people email me about my china! Thanks to you guys I've found out the following:
It was made by Hollinshead and Kirkham who were otherwise known as the Unicorn Pottery. They were based in Tunstall after 1876. The word Davenport refers to the name of the pattern. The mark that appears on your earthenware dates it between 1900 and 1924. The colour combination of blue, iron red, a dash of green and gold is a colour combination utilised extensively at this time by several British pottery manufactures. It appears most commonly on earthenware intended for everyday use although occasionally one may find it used on bone china.

I love that this china was intended for every day use! Of course it won't go in the dishwasher, but I'd like to use it at least once a week. I've also been directed to a place that makes replacements. Awesome!

Thanks everyone!


  1. That is awesome Bonnie. I'm glad you found out the information you were looking for.

  2. DH and I chose casual china from Mikasa when we got married. When he cooks he pulls out the china and we use it. His comment to me was, "Why did we buy it if we don't use it?" This is the same man who told me that when my mom is ready to pass on her china we will take it (and she lives 1,500 miles away!)

    I say use your china whenever you want to. You'll be surprised how fun it is to use it.

  3. This is cool. Who knew? You know, my China is boxed up and never used. First Marriage - 1991. Goodness, I should use it. What the heck.

    I loved reading about your scrappy collection of China.

  4. Interesting to read about your china Bonnie - Tunstall is a place close to Stoke-on-Trent in the British Midlands and is the area known as The Potteries because that is exactly what product was produced there - lots of other manufacturers were in the same area - Wedgewood, Royal Doulton to name just a couple. Sadly like a lot of UK manufacturing industry the demise of the area in pottery production means that lots of stuff bought in the UK is Far Eastern imports. However if you ever get to the UK it is a very interesting area to visit and there are still some manufacturers there

  5. Anonymous9:23 AM EST

    Be sure to pack it carefully, when you are moving!
    By the way, Marcie from Patchalotmore, gave me a "you make my day" award. I passed it on to you!

  6. I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I visit daily LOVE poking around to see what I can find. You inspire me.

  7. I'll keep an eye out at the auctions here for you. I love the old British pottery...though DH doesn't understand why I keep buying teasets the way I do!!

  8. Gee, I'm surprised you haven't posted since Sunday. Guess you are very busy.

    Wanted to let you know that I too, got the "You Made My DAy" award from Marcie and I wanted to pass it on to you also.I read you every day. Thanks for all that you do. You can pick it up a on my Blog


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